The chat in Ark lets you write messages to other players and read their messages.
Ark has 3 chat "channels":
Commands (Does Not Apply To Console)
|\||Toggle Auto-Hide Chatbox|
|↵ Enter||Start typing in Global chat|
|Insert||Start typing in Local chat|
|/||Start typing in Tribe chat|
|Home||Start typing in Alliance chat|
|Pgup||Scroll up Chatbox|
|Pgdown||Scroll down Chatbox|
|Tab ↹||(While Chat Input is active)
Switch through the different chat types
The name of the player who wrote a message is colored dependant their relationship to you.
|In your Tribe||Green|
Chat Emoji Icons
Typing certain characters will replace the text with an emoji in the chat for others to view. The following is a list of known in-game emojis: